Days 1 & 2: Thimphu. Rise early and board your flight from Bangkok to Paro on Druk Air. You will be met upon arrival by your guide and driver, who will transfer you Thimphu (55kms). Over the next 2 days, visit the National Memorial Chorten, the stupa built in the memory of Bhutan’s Third King, explore Trashi Chhoe Dzong, a beautiful fortress/monastery, and choose between a hands-on visit to the Arts and Crafts School or the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, depending upon your interests. Enjoy an invigorating walk through the forests to the picturesque towers and monastic complex of Tango Goemba, built in the 12th century. Overnight: Phuentsholling Pelri Hotel. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: Wangdue Phodrang. Drive to Wangdue Phodrang (75kms) with a short stop at Dochu La pass (3080m) to soak up the most enchanting views in Bhutan and enjoy a short walk through the colorful rhododendron forest. Afternoon visit Wangdue Phodrang Dzong, a majestic fortress situated at the junction of Punak Tsang Chhu and Dang Chhu rivers. Later take a stroll around local market. Overnight: Dragon’s Nest Resort Hotel. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: Gangte (75km). Visit Gangte village and monastery after lunch, then wander over to the Black Neck Crane research station and enjoy an early evening troll through the Phobjikha Valley, a beautiful bowl shaped glacial valley which is one of the most important wildlife preserves in the country. Overnight: Hotel Dewachen. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Days 5 & 6: Gogona. Set off on our two night porter and pony-assisted trek through the Himalayan foothills and rhododendron forests. The trial over the next few days winds up and down through forests of juniper and bamboo, stopping in remote villages and tiny hamlets. Try your hand at Bhutanese darts one night before dinner in a competition against the local school kids. The highest pass is Shobe La pass at 3,480m, and the daily elevation change is 500 to 1,000 meters up and down. The campsites, along with dining tents campfire, cooks hut, etc., will be located in beautiful river valleys. Overnight: Trekking Campsite. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 7: Punakha. After a leisure morning of trekking, transfer to Punakha (70kms) and explore the Punakha Dzong (the most enchanting in the country). Overnight: Hotel Zangto Pelri. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Days 8 & 9: Paro. After breakfast, transfer to Paro (125kms), where you will have a chance to visit the Ta Dzong (national museum), the Rinpung Dzong (a fortress with a fascinating history), and the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong (with spectacular views of Jhomolhari) over the next few days. Save your energy for the highlight - a half day walk to Taktshang Monastery (or Tigers Nest), the most famous monastery in Bhutan, perched miraculously on the side of a sheer 900m cliff looking over Paro. Relax at night in the Uma Paro, the most stylish of the boutique hotels in Paro. Overnight: Uma Paro. Includes: (B).
Day 10: Departure. Transfer to the airport to catch your flight back to Bangkok, where you will say you goodbyes and continue on with your journey. Includes: (B).
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